High-risk behaviors among regular and casual female sexworkers in Iran: A report fromwestern Asia

Abadi, M.A.-A. and Abolghasemi, J. and Rimaz, S. and Majdzadeh, R. and Shokoohi, M. and Rostami-Maskopaee, F. and Merghati-Khoei, E. (2018) High-risk behaviors among regular and casual female sexworkers in Iran: A report fromwestern Asia. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 12 (1).


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Background: Female Sex workers are at risk of obtaining sexually transmitted infections, particularly human immunodeficiency virus. Objectives: This study aimed at comparing the high-risk behaviours between regular and casual sex workers. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted on sex workers from February to December, 2015, in a city of northern Iran. The research recruited 184 sex workers, who had the inclusion criteria. Three sampling methods were used to recruit the subjects. The test was conducted at an error level of 5 using the SPSS software. Results: The average age of the casual sex workers (32.53±7.39) was older than that of regular sex workers, with a significant difference (P value > 0.05). A significant association was found between the 2 groups on the inconsistent use of condoms and working in brothels (P value > 0.05). The comparison of drug use before sex was not significantly different (P value < 0.05) between the 2 groups. Conclusions: It is very essential to organize peer groups for outreach services for sex workers, which could be more appropriate and consequently decrease the relevant damage in these groups. ©2018, Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: cannabis; diamorphine; glass; opiate, adult; Article; casual sex; comparative study; condom use; cross-sectional study; drug use; educational status; employment status; female; high risk behavior; human; Human immunodeficiency virus infection; Human immunodeficiency virus prevalence; Iran; major clinical study; marriage; prostitution; regular sex worker; sex worker; sexual behavior; sexual health; sexuality; women's health; work experience
Subjects: WA Public Health
Depositing User: eprints admin
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2018 10:40
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2019 07:57
URI: http://eprints.iums.ac.ir/id/eprint/6089

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